So this week, these things happened: Biologist and Scientific American blogger Danielle N. Lee called out a deeply disrespectful editor at the website Biology-Online, only to have SciAm take down her post. In response to widespread outrage and agitation, SciAm‘s editor-in-chief relented and more-or-less apologized.
And then Monica Byrne and Hannah Waters came forward to report that Bora Zivkovic—the SciAm blogs editor, co-founder of the ScienceOnline conference, series editor of the Open Lab anthology, and all-around godfather of online science communication—had sexually harassed them. Bora’s confirmed Monica Byrne’s report, apologized, resigned from the board of ScienceOnline, and is apparently taking leave from SciAm.
Also these things:
- This week at Nothing in Biology Makes Sense! How circumcision changes the microbial ecology of the penis.
- And at The Molecular Ecologist Modeling genetic drift in phenotypic evolution.
- Meeting the press. The Queer in STEM study was covered in Bitch Magazine and The Minnesota Daily
- But what will the delays cost? The U.S. Federal Government is finally open for business again, including the science–related bits.
- Interesting. Estimates of the genetic contribution to intelligence are significantly affected by cultural context.
- More like a shuffling, undead buffet. The zombie apocalypse wouldn’t be so apocalyptic for the animal kingdom.
- Because indoor lighting is … too dim? Myopia is on the rise, and it’s probably because kids are spending too much time indoors.
- Best reading between the lines ever. That time an invertebrate biologist extracted a worm from his own cheek and published it as a case study.
- Worst side-effect of time in orbit you’ve never heard about. Spacesuit gloves are horrible for fingernails.
- Wow. Genome-wide search-and-replace.